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Re: [IP] Who should represent diabetes?
It seems to me that the list members were, in both cases, talking about
diabetics who did *not* take care of themselves. My opinion is, if you take
care of yourself to the best of your abilities and complications occur
nonetheless, then G-d bless you: You're entitled to be a spokesperson for
diabetes. If, however, you're guzzling "the real thing," or you're using a
very old-fashioned regimen (2 shots of NPH/day), then it has every appearance
of having gotten *yourself* into the mess. While I'm aware that maintaining
control does not *guarantee* a complication-free life, *not* maintaining
control highly increases your risk of complications. And the two mentioned
seem to have chosen not to educate themselves and have not taken control.
However, there's also the general lack of knowleldge from years ago; the docs
not educating patients or sending patients for education and the patients not
knowing that they don't know what they need to know ...
<sigh> I still say it's a chance for the media to educate and they've not
shown a lot of willingness to do that.
In a message dated 7/25/99 3:07:37 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:
<< She may well be a role model and sometimes it is necessary for diabetics to
be scared..even if newly diagnosed.
What you wish to see if a healthy person out there doing thier jogging
looking like a picture of health..well that isn't exactly the way it is
with diabetes. Diabetes kills..I have lost a few friends and family to
diabetes and they DID take wonderful care of themselves.
Life isn't always full of health.
You wouldn't want me as a spokesperson then because I also have a servic
dog and am in a wheelchair..I am not able to jog and my BGs are not perfect
because of other health problems. I struggle everyday to do my best with
all I have to deal with. I would feel very sad to think if you saw me you
would judge me just because I have a service dog and am in my
wheelchair..I hate stereotyping of people. >>
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